Fray finds form in Welsh league
Bermudian batsman Terryn Fray and his Sully Centurions Cricket Club teammates have made a promising start to the South Wales Premier League 50 Over and T20 campaigns.
The Welsh club currently lead the 50 Over league after six matches and have secured a semi-final date with Sudbrook Cricket Club in the T20 competition.
Fray, who turns 22 on Sunday, has been an integral part of his team’s early season success facing the new ball at the top of the batting order.
The Bermuda, Bailey’s Bay and Somerset Cup Match player is Sully CC’s current leading run getter in the 50 Over competition with 352 runs at an average of over 50 and a high score of 122 not out achieved against Swansea Cricket Club earlier this month. He has also scored multiple half centuries playing in the shorter T20 version of the game.
Summing up his season to date, Fray said: “I'm batting well and fielding even better. Not everyday you’re going to be able to middle every ball, so I think about that when I feel myself scratching at the wicket sometimes to score runs or hit boundaries. But every time I go to field I feel like I'm going to make a big difference, whether it’s taking a good catch or saving 12 to 15 runs a game.
”My season so far has been really challenging but at the same time enjoyable because my club wasn't predicted to do as well as we are with the players that we have this season. At this stage we are at the top and all our players are playing well and enjoying themselves.”
Fray, who helped guide Somerset to Cup Match glory last year, says the extra swing associated with playing conditions in the UK haven’t been a major challenge to him at the crease.
“I have always seen myself as very technical player and coping with the swing I find fairly easy,” he said. “If the ball is swing you want to look to play as late as possible and hit straight.
“While I was opening I batted with a guy that was a pro cricketer and the advice that he would give me over and over again was just to hit straight back cross the bowler and you would adjust to the wider and shorter deliveries. So I took his advice and most times the bowler would get bored of bowling the same deliveries and try something new, that's when your given the opportunity to deal with half bad deliveries and hopefully put them away.”
Fray described the South Wales Premier League as challenging.
“The league is very demanding and really competitive,” he said. “It’s mandatory that the pros that play for Glamorgan County Cricket Club are allocated to a team in the league and play whenever they are not selected for the first 11 or if no matches are scheduled during the weekend.
“Therefore there are always two to three pros in each team, not to mention the ex pros and second 11 Glamorgan players that also play in the league. There are even a few ex-Test players that play in the league and it is a great experience to play against these types of players and see how they play the game.”
Fray is currently playing in the same league as Bermuda and Somerset Cup Match teammate Greg Maybury who plays for rivals Newport Cricket Club.
“We are good friends and always challenge each other as players,” said Fray. “I think he's an amazing and talented player and has a lot to offer his club both as a bowler and batsmen. He is never easy to face and is a major asset to that club.”
Fray has made himself available to bid to retain his place in Somerset’s Cup Match team this year.
“I am available for Cup match and very much looking forward to playing if selected,” said Fray, whose father Terry is a former St George’s Cup Match batsman.